All About Glass

All About Glass

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Aspersorium
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This object is an aspersorium, a vessel for holding holy water. It is made with ice glass, a decorative effect that causes the surface of the glass to resemble cracked ice. The aspersorium has a handle attached by two loops, an edge wrap, and a body wrap. See 360˚ photography and learn more about

Classic Flared Wineglass
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An exceptionally elegant vessel, this wineglass is a perfect example of an object built on the blowpipe. It has a stem with no constriction, and it features a merese and an exaggerated flare at the opening. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by

Enameled Tazza
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The blank for this tazza is made using mezza-stampatura. The object is then decorated with gilding and enameling. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the

Millefiori Ball
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Here is a ball made with millefiori canes. Millefiori, originally an Italian word that means “1,000 flowers,” is also known as mosaic glass, referring to objects made from preformed elements placed in a mold and heated until they fuse. In this video, the process of making millefiori cane slices and

Goblet with Inner Blue Ball
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This goblet has a blown blue ball inside the cup. In this video, the ball is attached to the inner part of the cup. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By

Lidded Bowl with Frit Decoration
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In this video, frit is added to a bubble and manipulated with pincers. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

Lion-mask Stem
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The lion-mask stem is a hollow stem made by blowing a gather into a mold patterned with two lion’s masks, usually separated by festoons. Such stems were first used in Venice in the 16th century, and they later became a hallmark of façon de Venise glass. In this video, a lion-mask stem is blown in a

Wineglass with a Kuttrolf Stem
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A Kuttrolf is a flask with a neck that is divided into two or more tubes. It has Roman antecedents, it was made by German glassworkers in the later Middle Ages, and it is found among Venetian and façon de Venise glasses of the 16th and 17th centuries. The making of a Kuttrolf stem is the subject of

Wineglass with A Penne
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A penne is a decorative technique that originated in antiquity. It was used by the Romans and, beginning in the 16th century, by the Venetians. Here, the technique is demonstrated using a wrap and a fin mold. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance

Three-bubble Goblet with Filigrana
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This goblet is made using filigrana, a style of blown glass made with colorless, white, and sometimes colored canes that originated on the island of Murano in the 16th century. The canemaking and glassblowing processes are shown in the video. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of

Footed Bowl with Filigrana
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This footed bowl is made with many techniques: filigrana, edge wraps, a merese, canes oriented in two directions, and nipt-diamond-waies. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Reticello Lidded Bottle
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The Italian term vetro a reticello means “glass with a small network.” It refers to a type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps. This video shows the making of a reticello bottle and lid. Learn more about this object

Enameled Bowl
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The bowl presented in this video is made using mezza-stampatura. It is gilded and enameled, and it has a folded edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By

Fazzoletto
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A goblet is spun out to form a bowl with a final shape like a handkerchief floating downward after being tossed in the air. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden

Ampollina
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An ampollina is a vessel similar in purpose to the Amphora, but smaller in size. This example has a handle, spout, small flameworked flowers, and a gold-leaf edge. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

Goblet made from Three Bubbles
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Three bubbles are attached to one another to create this goblet. The first bubble makes the bowl, the second creates the knop, and the third produces the foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry

Tazza
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A tazza, a saucerlike bowl on a high stem, is constructed on a blowpipe. The bowl and foot of the object are unfluted glass, and the stem is made by dip molding and twisted to create fluting. The stem has many constrictions. Two mereses are shown. The foot has a folded edge, and the bowl is opened

Spoon
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The spoon created in this video has a twisted handle and prunts that are covered with gold leaf. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance

Reliquary
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A reliquary is a container of sacred relics. This example has suspension loops, a lid, and a finial. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Footed Goblet with Pineapple Dip Molded Cup
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A pineapple dip mold is used to create the pattern on the body of this footed goblet. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the

Goblet with Aqua Stem
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This goblet is built on the blowpipe. It has many constrictions in the stem, as well as an asymmetrical edge. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during

Lidded Goblet with Aqua Chain
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This lidded goblet has an aqua chain around the body, a merese, and a lid with a finial on the top. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s,

Wineglass with Flameworked Flowers
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This goblet has a stem with many constrictions, pincered bits, a gold-leaf edge, and flameworked flowers. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Wineglass with Coin in Stem
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This wineglass contains a silver coin, which is found in the stem with many constrictions. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the

Flared Wineglass with Wings
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In addition to its stem with many constrictions, this wineglass features wings, pincered bits, and a merese. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Three-bubble Cup with Pineapple Dip Molding
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The bowl of this three-part goblet is made by using a pineapple dip mold. The object also includes a merese, a knop, and a foot. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the

Simple Flared Wineglass
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Built on the blowpipe, this goblet has a slight flare, one constriction in the stem, and a merese. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath. The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s,

Small Cup with Two Handles
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This video shows the making of a flared two-handled vessel. The base of the vessel has a kick and a trail around the bottom edge. The symmetrical handles are added as the final step. See 360˚ photography and learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by

2300° with Larkin Poe and Jaime Guerrero
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November's 2300° event featured artist Jaime Guerrero who joined the Hot Glass Demo team in the Amphitheater Hot Shop for his demonstration titled Refugees and Pinatas. Larkin Poe, an edgy folk-rock band formed by Atlanta-based sisters Megan and Rebecca, brought their high energy and

Master Class 4: Pâte de verre with Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi
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This DVD focuses on glass artists from Japan who use the pate de verre technique to form intimate glass sculptures that express a love of nature. Kimiake Higuchi demonstrates the making of a cabbage leaf, while her husband, Shin-ichi, produces a mosaic piece. Although they have no formal training

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